Flying high

Brisbane City Council is helping keep Brisbane clean, green and sustainable through use of innovative technologies that allow Council to operate more efficiently. Council has recently acquired two new drones, DJI Inspire 2 and DJI Phantom 4, for use by the Field Services team. All staff eligible to fly these drones have undertaken appropriate training, which permits them to safely operate drones over Council land, such as parks, road networks and waterways.

Council’s investment in drone technology allows greater operational insight and responsiveness, as drones are a practical tool that allow easier access to valuable data, such as aerial images and progression mapping.

Currently, drones can only be operated in Council parks with explicit consent. Council recently launched a six-month trial for use of drones and other remotely piloted aircraft weighing up to 2kgs in ten parks across the city.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has advised that Brisbane is the first Council is Australia to undertake designated areas in parks for drone usage.

Further information on flying drones in Council parks.

25 March 2019